(In Ninjago City, a citizen playing Lava Zombies on his phone bumps into another citizen on her phone. They wave and move along. A noodle truck drives by. Clutch Powers finds the Teapot of Tyrahn and opens it, where a poof of orange smoke appears. Gayle Gossip walks by Laughy's, where Dareth escorts two ladies out. He sees Gayle and chases after her. Jake is playing on his phone in a car driving by. Vinny has stopped by a noodle food cart and wafts in the noodle smell delightedly. Nelson and Antonia team up to deliver newspapers throughout the city. Sammy waves as they both take off. The Noodle Truck reappears and drives into an alley during the night. The Mechanic and his henchmen jump out from the back of the truck. The Mechanic uses his robo-arm to break down the door of an old electronics warehouse.)
The Mechanic: We're in, boys!
Henchman 1: Huh, look at all this old junk.
The Mechanic: (Grabs him.) Just because it's old doesn't make it junk, just forgotten. (Tosses him away.) Find the motherboard! (He walks down the aisle while his henchmen search.) There! The top shelf. (One of his henchmen puts up a ladder and climbs it. He loses his balance when grabbing the box and everything in it comes crashing down. He lands inside a box of Styrofoam and The Mechanic grabs him out and tosses him away.) Careful with those! (He picks up the box and tosses it away.)
Henchman 2: What are we looking for, Boss?
The Mechanic: (He eyes the motherboards scattered and picks one up.) This is it. A needle in a haystack. A very, very valuable needle. (Lights immediately turn on and they cover their eyes.)
Cole: (Punches the air.) My fists are my weapons.
Zane: I would not classify the Mechanic as low-level. He's suspected in thirty-six unsolved criminal cases.
The Mechanic: Thirty-seven. (He extends his robo-arm and knocks Zane back into a pile of boxes.)
Jay: You're not getting away that easy.
The Mechanic: Who's trying to get away?! There are more of us than you! (He looks back to see his henchmen trying to escape. He gestures them to come back and they do so reluctantly, pulling our their bats.) And we're not afraid to use our weapons. (He lights up his fire arm and sticks it out at them.)
Lloyd: Whoa. (He jumps over it while the others move back.)
Jay: I have no problem using these! (He takes three floppy disks and tosses it at The Mechanic.) Take that, obsolete file formats! (One of them hits his arm holding the motherboard and it goes flying through the air.)
Kai: (He dives for it and catches it.) Unh. (He looks up to see the henchmen surrounding him and they start dogpiling him, fighting for the motherboard.) Hunh-ahh! (He tosses it and it lands in one of the henchmen's hands. He smiles and climbs up the ladder.)
Lloyd: (He throws down one of the henchmen.) I got him! (He leaps up onto the shelf and chases him to the last shelf. The henchman takes out his bat and starts waving it at him.)
Cole: (Smashes a henchman against a shelf.) Use the VCRs!
Lloyd: What's a... VCR? (He scratches his head and looks at the henchman, who shrugs at him.)
Cole: It's that old machine Wu watches his ninja movies on.
Lloyd: (He sees three machines and presses three buttons.) Eject! Eject! Eject! Well, any time now. (The henchman slowly makes his way towards Lloyd, but three VHS' fly out, knocking his bat out and punching him. Lloyd seizes the opportunity and runs up to him, knocking him back. The motherboard flies out of his hand and Nya slides in from below, catching it, just as the shelf tips over.)
Nya: Got it! (Lloyd jumps away and the shelf comes tumbling down on the henchmen.)
The Mechanic: (He sneaks behind Nya and snatches the motherboard back.) I'll take that!
The Mechanic: (He runs away.) Thanks! Haha! (The ninja run out just in time to see him leave on his Noodle Truck. They run into an alley and follow him in the Rock Cycle and ATV. The Mechanic sees the ninja in his side mirror and pulls out a claw from his truck. The claw grabs a lamp post and he whips the truck around.)
Nya: Hold on!
Ninja: Whoa! (They go around him and make a sharp U-Turn, pursuing after him. The Mechanic knocks his truck into boxes and cars, sending them flying at the ninja. They accelerate and Kai catches up to the Mechanic. The Mechanic rams his truck into the ATV.)
Jay: Look out!
Kai: Unh. Hey! Watch the paint job! (The Mechanic speeds away, leaving them spinning.)
Kai, Jay, Lloyd, Nya, and Zane: Whoa! Whoa! Ahh! (Cole sees them left behind and races after the Mechanic. He launches a claw at the back of his truck and it catches on. He speeds ahead of the Mechanic and whips the rest of the chain around a lamppost.
The Mechanic: Aw, come on! (The truck jerks to a stop, breaking down. He jumps out.) So close! (The ninja immediately surround him.)
Lloyd: It's over, Mechanic! Give it up! (The Mechanic throws his hands up in surrender, growling.)
Jay: I'll be taking this! (He snatches the motherboard and stares at it, confused.)
Man: Ahh! (The ninja watch as the Mechanic is put in the back of a police car.)
Commissioner: Great work, ninja! You guys saved the day!
Kai: Yeah. But what exactly did we save the day from?
Commissioner: Uhh, I don't know yet. The Mechanic's not saying anything, but we'll take him downtown and maybe we'll get some answers then. (Jay pulls out the motherboard and looks at it.) Let's go, boys! Pack it in! (Jay tries to get the policemen's attention about it, but they leave.)
Jay: Hmm. If we only knew what this was for.
Cole: Well, it's a motherboard to a computer.
Zane: But which computer? There are 3,412,870 computers in Ninjago City, approximately.
Nya: But only one secret lair! That's where he was running when we caught him! Maybe that's his hideout!
Jay: Um. An abandoned arcade? (They walk inside to a mess.)
Nya: Look at all these robo-arms. This guy has an obsession.
Lloyd: (A robo-arm falls down onto Lloyd's shoulder and he screams, throwing it off him.) Ahh! Oh, okay, let's make it quick. This place is super creepy.
Cole: What?! No way!
Jay: Look at it! It says Prime Empire right on the side! (Gasps.) It's real! (He closes his eyes and jumps.)
Nya: Excuse me. (Jay opens one eye.) Can you two pretend that we're not all video game nerds and tell the rest of us what Prime Empire is?
Jay: Oh, it's this legendary game created by the most famous game designer ever! Milton Dyer. But for some reason, it was never finished and they abandoned it. (He plugs in the plug and presses a button.)
Cole: Well, that was exciting.
Kai: Can't have been that good if they never released it.
Zane: I find old games to be unchallenging.
Lloyd: Yeah, I like new ones, where they really make you feel like you're there.
Nya: Cannn we get back on track? There's a lot of nooks and crannies here and we're not even sure what we're looking for, so let's spread out!
Jay: Uh, yeah! Okay, good idea, except I think I should stay here and keep checking in this, uh, area. (He unconvincingly points at the ground.)
Nya: Why do I feel like you're just going to fuss around with that broken game?
Jay: Pfft, what?! No, no, I'm just gonna start here first. You know we don't want to miss any clues. Right? (Nya stares at him, unconvinced, and heads in with the others. As soon as she leaves, Jay gets back to working on the game. The rest of the ninja walk around, looking at the Mechanic's stuff.)
Cole: Wow. He's got a lot of hats.
Kai: Yeah, who would have thought a guy super into stealing things would have too much stuff? (Cole shrugs and moves on.)
Jay: Aww, come on! Just turn on! This is too cool to not get to play one time. (He checks the plug and sees an empty slot.) Huh. You need a mother—a motherboard! (He pulls out the motherboard and puts it in. He grins as the screen lights up, turning red. Then he backs up and a red energy wave knocks him down.) Gah! (The flash continues spreading out.)
Zane: (Gets up.) Uh. What was that?
Nya: We better keep looking. Hey! There's a door back there.
(At the Ninjago City Police Station, two policemen are taking the Mechanic in when they see the energy wave pass by.)
The Mechanic: (He sees it and chuckles.) Heh-heh.
Leroy: Hey! When's it going to be my turn?!
Older Kid: Pfft. Never, Leroy! You mess everyone else up! (The energy wave passes over them and the lights turn out.)
Leroy: Huh? What happened? (Every arcade changes into Prime Empire.)
Older Kid: Prime Empire? Huh? (He grins and cracks his knuckles.)
(Back at The Mechanic's headquarters, Jay groans, getting up.)
Game Voice: Would you like to enter Prime Empire?
Jay: Oh ho, don't mind it I do. (He starts playing. Meanwhile, the ninja enter the back door.)
Nya: What a mess! Maybe he should steal a filing cabinet next.
Kai: (He sees slips of paper on a billboard.) That's the same weird symbol that's on the back of that motherboard.
Lloyd: (He picks up a folder.) It's everywhere! But what does it mean? (Something flashes on behind Zane.)
Ninja: (Gasp.) Huh? (Zane pushes away two piles of cabinets and the rest of the ninja crowd behind him.)
Computer: Did you locate the motherboard? (They look at one another.) Did you locate the motherboard?!
Zane: (Types.) Yes. We did.
Computer: Unagami is pleased. Activate the game. (The screen blackens.)
Lloyd: Unagami? Who's Unagami?
Jay: Oh ho! You're going down, ogre! You're the only thing between me and beating this level and I am not letting you fire catapult me again! (His knees slides back a little as he enjoys the game. Fire noises sound and he finishes, dancing.) Oh ho! Yes! Take that! Uh huh! What else you got for me, game?
Game Voice: Congratulations. You have reached Level 13. Would you like to enter Prime Empire?
Jay: Pfft. Heck yes, I would like to continue! (He presses the red button.)
Game Voice: Now entering Level 13. (The Arcade Pod opens up for him.)
Jay: Huh? What—What the heck?! (He backs away and shields his eyes. Then he looks up and smiles, entering inside. The Arcade Pod shuts behind him and blackens as soon as the rest of the ninja open the door.)
Nya: Jay! We found a clue! (The rest of the ninja come out from behind her.)
Cole: The Mechanic's working for someone who calls himself Una—huh?
Game Voice: (Throughout Ninjago, echoing.) Would you like to enter Prime Empire? Would you like to enter Prime Empire? Would you like to enter Prime Empire?
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